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08-08-2018, 12:11   #1
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Now Ye're Talking - to a mature student nurse

Our next guest is a student nurse who is going into her third year of study at the moment. She'd like to offer some insight into her study, her chosen profession and also hopes to answer any questions people have regarding student nurses.

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Have you ever been to coppers
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Never, when I hear about it I feel like I'm missing out though!
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On the more serious side

Nursing from what I understand is a hard course and when you finish and get a job you work crap long hours doing a hard job for little reward

What made you choose it
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Best of luck OP, I have 2 in the family and many more in the extended family. On the plus side, it's a passport to the world.
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What type of nursing are you doing? Will you go on to specialise in a particular area (if you're not already)? What do you love about nursing that made you decide to do it?
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Nursing from what I understand is a hard course and when you finish and get a job you work crap long hours doing a hard job for little reward

What made you choose it
To be honest I kinda fell into it. I was on the dole for a few years and decided to train as a healthcare assistant. I got a job in a nursing home for a while and did agency work in a hospital and I loved it. For the 1st time in my life I felt like it was the right fit for me but at the same time I wanted more, more responsibility, more duties and to be able to help my patients more. So I chanced my arm at the mature students aptitude test and got accepted. I have been loving it so far but it's tough going managing a family and work and the course but I love every minute.
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Best of luck OP, I have 2 in the family and many more in the extended family. On the plus side, it's a passport to the world.
Thank you very much!
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What type of nursing are you doing? Will you go on to specialise in a particular area (if you're not already)? What do you love about nursing that made you decide to do it?
General nursing. I would like to specialise in cardiac care or oncology as they are 2 diseases that are prominent in my family and I have an interest in.

I just love helping people and looking after people. Like I come out of placement tired but satisfied knowing that I've helped brighten someone's day or helped them on the way to be well or just to be there for someone else. That is what I love.
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Never, when I hear about it I feel like I'm missing out though!

Believe me you're not.
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Are there many guys studying with you? if so do they get a hard time for being called a nurse and are they looked down on by doctors etc?
Also how do you deal with things when the outcome is not good for the patient?

thanks and hope all goes well for you
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How many years until you are fully qualified? Do you have to do work placement as well as study at the same time or do you do blocks of work placement? Is that something you have to source yourself or is it organised by the college? A family member trained to be a school teacher and had to find their own place for work experience but I suppose there are a lot more schools than hospitals out there
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Really respect the work ye do 
Would you see yourself moving abroad to further your career after graduation?
Would you recommend private health insurance?
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Do you have a bedside locker?
Whats in your bedside locker?


Whats the funniest thing you've seen in your training?
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Are there many guys studying with you? if so do they get a hard time for being called a nurse and are they looked down on by doctors etc?
Also how do you deal with things when the outcome is not good for the patient?

thanks and hope all goes well for you
There are a few guys in my year. Apparently according to the lectures, more lads are doing it each year which is great imo. They never get a hard time afaik but sometimes they might be called Dr. instead of nurse. As for doctors looking down on them, surprisingly very few doctors I've met through my placements have looked down on nurses in general but as for the lads in particular I don't know.

As for not good outcomes, you just gotta give the best care as possible especially if they are end of life. You don't want their last moments to be undignified or for their family to think you don't care about them. I found it hard to deal with it at the beginning especially since I developed a bond with my first end of life patient but my attitude is as soon as the uniform is off I don't think about what happened with placement unless I'm doing a reflection or working on competencies for placement.
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